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11/21/2013 - Updates to PEPFAR Increase Oversight, Funding for Children
Congress passed the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013 on Tuesday, reaffirming and strengthening its commitment to reducing global HIV/AIDS....

11/18/2013 - US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan's Transition
Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former First Lady Laura Bush called for increased support for Afghan women during the "Advancing Afghan Women: Promoting Peace and Progress in Afghanistan" symposium held in Washington, DC last week. The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014....

11/15/2013 - Report Shows Growing Global Commitment to Family Planning
A report released Wednesday by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), "a global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have," details successes and progress made in international commitments to improving family planning since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning....

11/12/2013 - International Conference on Family Planning Starts Today
Political leaders and health advocates from around the world will meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Abba, this week for the third annual International Conference on Family Planning....

11/12/2013 - Bangladesh Garment Workers Met With Violence During Protest for Higher Wages
Garment workers protesting for a higher minimum wage in Bangladesh yesterday were attacked with water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas....

11/11/2013 - UN Reports: Women's Access to and Control of Land Protects Human Rights
Two recently released United Nations reports emphasize the importance of women's access to and control over land to their ability to protect human rights. Released today, the report Realizing Women's Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources shows how women's right to land is directly linked to food security, sustainable development, economic empowerment, and protection against HIV/AIDS....

11/7/2013 - UN, World Bank Pledge $200 Million for Girls in Sahel Region of Africa
The United Nations and World Bank have pledged $200 million to improve women's reproductive health and girls' education in the Sahel region of Africa....

11/6/2013 - Kenya Faces Condom Shortage
Kenya faces a condom shortage next month if Kenyan and international leaders do not work fast to obtain more....

10/31/2013 - Over 7 Million Births to Girls in the Developing World Each Year
Twenty thousand girls under age 18 give birth every day in the developing world, adding up to 7.3 million births each year....

10/30/2013 - Outrage Over Kenya Rape Grows
People around the world are calling for justice for a 16-year-old Kenyan girl who was brutally beaten, gang-raped, and thrown into a 20-foot latrine by six men in June....

10/29/2013 - Afghan Journalist Honored with Courage in Journalism Award
Afghan journalist Najiba Ayubi will be honored with a 2013 Courage in Journalism award at a second awards ceremony hosted today by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) in Los Angeles....

10/28/2013 - Saudi Women Campaign Against Driving Ban
Over 60 women claimed to have driven in Saudi Arabia this weekend in an ongoing campaign to obtain the right to drive....

10/28/2013 - US Ranked 23rd in Women's Equality in Global Gender Gap Index
The World Economic Forum recently released its 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks the US 23rd in women's equality....

10/25/2013 - Head of US Global AIDS Program to Step Down
United States Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby is expected to step down from his position by the end of the year....

10/24/2013 - UN Human Rights Expert Urges US to End Prolonged Solitary Confinement
An independent United Nations human rights expert called on the U.S....

10/24/2013 - Etsy and Facebook Remove Content Glorifying Violence Against Women
Online marketplace Etsy is currently under fire from activists for allowing a shop, called "FyourT," to sell T-shirts that make light of and encourage rape....

10/22/2013 - First Gay Pride March Held in Montenegro's Capital
About 150 people participated in the first gay pride march held in Podgorica, Montenegro's capital, on Sunday. Violence threatened to mar activities as 1500 anti-gay protesters rioted, throwing rocks and firebombs at police officers who were attempting to keep the peace....

10/18/2013 - Nearly 30 Million in Slavery Worldwide
The Walk Free Foundation, an Australian-based organization, released its first Global Slavery Index Report Wednesday estimating 29.8 million people live in various forms of modern slavery worldwide....

10/15/2013 - Indigenous Mexican Woman Denied Care Gives Birth on Clinic Lawn
A woman was forced to give birth on the lawn of a medical clinic in Oaxaca, Mexico, after the clinic refused to administer her care. Irma Lopez, of indigenous Mazatec ethnicity, walked an hour from her home to deliver her third child at the Rural Health Center in the village of San Felipe Jalapa de Diaz....

10/11/2013 - International Day of the Girl Celebrated at the United Nations
Today marks the International Day of the Girl - a day to highlight, discuss, celebrate and advance girls' lives and opportunities across the globe....

10/10/2013 - Registration to Run in Afghanistan Elections Closed This Week
Registration wrapped up on October 6 for both the Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections....

10/2/2013 - Afghan Human Rights Leader Sima Samar Named in Top 10 Most Influential Women List
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9/30/2013 - Advocates Around the World Mobilize for Abortion Access
On September 28, advocates mobilized in over 50 countries for the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion....

9/27/2013 - Afghanistan Holds First Social Media Summit
Afghanistan held its first social media summit this week in Kabul, the first in a three-part project....

9/25/2013 - UN Report Shows Reductions in Global AIDS
A United Nations report released Monday shows reductions in the number of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, as well as significant progress towards reaching the 2015 UN Millenium Development Goal on HIV. The report by the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS finds that new HIV infections among adults and children were estimated at 2.3 million in 2012, a 33% reduction since 2001....